Islamabad-Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad organized a day-long 4th National Development Fair at Serena Hotel, a local 5-Star hotel, in the capital city of Pakistan on 6th October 2018 in a befitting manner. The event focused on apprising the expatriate Bangladeshi community and foreign diplomats as well as the local elite of Islamabad, about progress and development achieved in Bangladesh during the last one decade under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in various socio-economic sectors. The venue was tastefully decorated with a colorful banner, a good number of poster-sized framed photographs and display boards portraying the achievements of the present government, particularly in social-economic development as well as infrastructure development with mega projects.

Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan, in his welcome speech,recalled the dream of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of establishing a ‘Sonar Bangla’ that would be a country of peace and prosperity for all citizens. He added that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been leading the nation to achieve inclusive development to attain a Golden Bengal. He highlighted extraordinary progress over the last one decade in reducing the poverty rate by 20%, increasing literacy rate to 72.9%, enhancing life expectancy to 72 years and increasing GDP growth rate to 7.86%. He mentioned that Bangladesh is the second most gender-equal country in Asia. He also indicated that Bangladesh is demonstrating signs of good economic health for its comfortable reserve, stable currency and low debt to GDP ratio.He remarked that, after commendable achievements in socio-economic development, Bangladesh has now turned to larger infrastructural development for accelerating economic growth.

The High Commissioner highlighted Bangladesh’s developmental perspectives under Vision 2021, Vision 2041 and Delta Plan 2100 towards ensuring a developed future for generations to come.

The Tunisian Ambassador in Islamabad Adel Elarbi, who is the senior most of the concurrently accredited Ambassadors to Bangladesh from Pakistan, delivered goodwill remarks on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, prominent development worker and human rights defender of Pakistan Tahira Abdullah acclaimed Bangladesh for surpassing major South Asian neighbors, in many social indicators, particularly in respect of women empowerment. Both the speakers wished Bangladesh continued progress in the socio-economic arena.

After the discussion session, a number of documentary videos on the achievements of Bangladesh in different sectors were screened. Later, a brief cultural show comprising two dance performances to the tune of patriotic Bengali songs sung by renowned singers Runa Laila and Sabina Yasmin were presented by a Bangladeshi expatriate dancer. The guests were enthralled by the dance numbers and the melodious songs that set the festive tone of the event.

A good number of handicraft items and an array of home decoration items made from wood, pottery, metal and bamboo were displayed at the venue. The guests showed keen interest in the exhibited handicraft which reflected the rich, unique tradition of Bangladesh’s distinctive culture.Besides, booklets, leaflets and magazines on Bangladesh’s development initiatives and tourism were also put on display.

The guests gathered latest information and data of Bangladesh’s development from these publication materials and from the framed posters and display boards. Each of the guests was given a copy of the‘coffee table’ book titled ‘Bangladesh: The Rising Delta` published by the High Commission.The High Commission also arranged a Photo Exhibition themed-“Socio-economic development of Bangladesh” at the corner of the venue which was one of the main attractions of the guests. After which, the guests were entertained by a buffet dinner. The hosting of the event was highly appreciated by the guests. It was quite successful in enlightening the diplomatic community, Bangladesh expatriate community and enlightened cross-section of the host society on the developmental success story that present-day Bangladesh is. A huge number of Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Defence Advisors, friends of Bangladesh, educationists, representatives of think-tanks, businesspersons, Bangladesh expatriates and officials of Bangladesh High Commission attended the function along with their spouses.



ISLAMABAD: High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan with fellow diplomats and their wives at the 4th Development fair held at Serena Hotel.